Sunday, May 9, 2010

'Vote for the Crook. It's Important.' - Chicago Politics

It appears that the fine line, that CBS is walking in Chicago, is not that fine. CBS has crossed the line and is now a shill for the Democrat candidate. But then, what do you expect, the local news agency is just following the lead of their national bureau.

If you ever wonder why politics in the State of Illinois is such a bucket of worms, you need look no farther than the shot a CBS Chicago bureau producer fired at Republican U.S. Senate nominee Mark Kirk the other day.

Said CBS producer, Ed Marshall, told Kirk in front of a live mike:

Channel 2's made a decision. We're really not going to cover the Senate race if it consistently, only in your terms, is about Broadway Bank. The bank's been taken over by the government, Alexi's been pilloried. Tell me: what is your campaign going forward? What are the issues that you are going to tell the voters why they should vote for you?

In other words, the Broadway Bank collapse is not going to be investigated further by the media, and henceforth, it is off-limits as a campaign issue. CBS was telling Kirk to button his lip -- or else.

What CBS does not want to happen is for Illinois voters to ask themselves, "Does a bank failure matter?" After all, in the grand scheme of things, what is another $400 million? Billions and trillions are tossed around every day. Right now there are so many zeros on the end of the federal budget deficit that the number runs off the edge of the page.

But to answer the question -- darn right, it matters! Somebody has to pay that money back. And we know just as sure as the sun rises in the east that the bill is not going to be paid by Democratic-connected insiders. It's going to be taken out of the accounts of everyday people, one way or another.

Another thing the media would rather not concern voters with is the fact that a lot of the missing Broadway Bank money was lent to Chicago mob figures. Locally, these are termed "juice loans." Believe it or not, Giannoulias lent some $20 million to felons who were already convicted and were awaiting sentencing at the time the loans were made. This kind of banking is straight out of "The Sopranos." Yet to CBS news, mob connections are not a disqualifier for public office. Today's Democratic Party is a big tent.

CBS's real problem is the fact that Illinois politics are conducted inside a house of mirrors, and everywhere they look, they see a crook.

Here in Chicago, CBS news has gotten involved for their guy. For them, the old Democratic Party slogan is the order of the day:
'Vote for the Crook, It's Important'.

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